- Sturdy box (cardboard shoebox or other; be sure to choose a deep one if you want to cut a card slot)
- Bookbinders Glue (also at Papersource)
- Decorative paper for outside and inside
- Satin Ribbon
Find a sturdy box with a good lid and make sure both are in good shape.Spread the book binding glue on the box and wrap the top and the bottom individually with decorative paper. Tip: Cristin [the project contributor at Merriment] reccomends using natural or recycled paper because the texture helps to hide any imperfections or wrinkles you might get in the box because of the glue.
Optional: If you'd like to add a ribbon to the lid: Cut one piece of ribbon that will go from the inside to the left side to the inside to the right side. Glue one end in place, stretch the ribbon across the top of the lid, and glue the other end inside the lid. Cut two more pieces of ribbon that are long enough to act as ties. Glue one end to the underside of the box, leaving the other end loose. Repeat on the other side. Once dry, tie the two ends together into a bow. No need to be too particular about the ribbon ends, as you'll cover up the ribbon ends on the inside with the yellow paper. For the inside of the box, Cristin chose a solid yellow colow wrapping paper, but she wanted it to be textured to match the outside. Measure one piece of the paper for the interior bottom and four pieces of paper for each of the four interior sides. To get a textured effect, ball up the paper tightly in your hands to get it to fold and wrinkle. Smooth it out again and you'll now have a textured look. Glue the paper inside the box. Repeat on the inside of the lid covering up the loose ends of the ribbon.